Fortinet Championship R2

Maverick McNealy takes lead after rollercoaster day

Fortinet Championship 2021 R2
September 16-19
Silverado Resort and Spa North, Napa, California
$7,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

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Maverick McNealy, still looking for a first victory after sixty six starts on the PGA Tour, started the day three shots behind the lead and finished his round in style to take a two-shot lead in the Fortinet Championship.


Fortinet Championship 2021 R2

He started on the back nine with five birdies to make the turn in 31. He bogeyed the first three holes on the front nine and recovered with birdies on the next four holes before closing with an eagle at the par-5 9th for an 8-under 64.

“It was a rollercoaster day. The front nine I played just about flawless golf, hit it where I wanted to. Then I got to the first hole and funny lie in the right rough and dumped it in the bunker shot and shanked the bunker shot, got up and down for bogey and then bogeyed the next two. I was kind of going, oh, man, this is going the wrong way quick.


Fortinet Championship 2021 R2

“The fourth hole was kind of a pivotal hole for me. My caddie, he walks the entire golf course every week before I even play it and he gets all of his numbers. He got me a really good number to cover on that bunker on that wedge shot, hit a great wedge in there to eight feet and made birdie and that kind of turned things around and finished strong.

“I hit a great drive,” he said of his final eagle. “That’s a tough fairway to hit with that angle and that wind. Hit a really good approach shot just trying to keep it short of the hole knowing that it’s easier shots from short of the green. Then I hit it and I was actually a little nervous because it looked like it landed in a pitch mark and then shot forward and right. Turns out it was a great kick.”


Fortinet Championship 2021 R2

Fellow American Beau Hossler signed for a bogey-free 64 for a share of second place at 10-under alongside Chilean Mito Pereira who produced five birdies, two bogeys and an eagle at the par-5 5th.

“You can hit driver pretty much on every hole here if you want to,”said Hossler. “With that being said, the way the course is playing, it’s very firm, even in the morning it was firm, and you get pins that are kind of tucked or three, four paces on the green. If you’re not hitting into the greens from the fairway, you have no chance of stopping the ball. Even from the fairway it’s challenging as well. I think you kind of have to pick your spots. I don’t think you’re going at the flags that often out here. Like I said, if you can get some mid-range putts, the greens are rolling nicely and you can make them. Then try and take advantage of the par-5s just like any or golf course.”


Fortinet Championship 2021 R2

Overnight leader Chez Reavie made the cut, but only just, after a round that featured four birdies, five bogeys and a double bogey at the par-3 11th for a 75.

World number 1 Jon Rahm, who has been suffering from an upset stomach, failed to make the cut after carding a second round 71.

“It’s very simple: not my best ball-striking-wise. Still wasn’t bad. Could have been better on the greens, you know. Feel like I might have made a couple of mistakes mentally on some approach shots, maybe I could have focused a little more, visualized better, but I think I left a lot of shots on the greens.”

Rahm, who heads to the Ryder Cup next week, hadn’t missed a cut sice the Wells Fargo Championship in May.

“Well, I’ve got two more days off. I think it’s primarily rest. I just, you know, I feel
like with having those stomach issues early, I wasn’t nearly as rested as I could have been, my body got a little bit tight, but I’m feeling good today.

“It was a tough course out there. If anything, I get to rest a couple extra days and be able to figure out what’s going on with my swing, which technically is not really anything bad. It’s just I think a lot of those swings were made to look worse because of how tough it is out there. It’s firm, it’s fast, the fairways are hard to hit. I just maybe didn’t hit the shot sometimes. I just feel I could have been rewarded
a little bit more, that’s about it.”

Fortinet Championship 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Maverick McNealy
-12
68
64
132
T2
Beau Hossler
-10
70
64
134
T2
Mito Pereira
-10
67
67
134
T4
Troy Merritt
-9
67
68
135
T4
Will Zalatoris
-9
68
67
135
T4
Bronson Burgoon
-9
68
67
135
T7
Harold Varner III
-8
68
68
136
T7
Matt Kuchar
-8
70
66
136
T7
Russell Knox
-8
69
67
136
T10
Tom Hoge
-7
71
66
137
T10
Jim Knous
-7
70
67
137
T10
David Lipsky
-7
73
64
137
T10
Peter Malnati
-7
71
66
137
T10
Nate Lashley
-7
67
70
137
T10
Scott Stallings
-7
67
70
137
T10
John Augenstein
-7
68
69
137
T17
Hideki Matsuyama
-6
69
69
138
T17
Scott Piercy
-6
69
69
138
T17
Mark Hubbard
-6
70
68
138
T17
Patrick Rodgers
-6
68
70
138
T17
Si Woo Kim
-6
68
70
138
T17
Cameron Tringale
-6
66
72
138
T17
Dawie van der Walt
-6
68
70
138
T24
Jason Dufner
-5
67
72
139
T24
C.T. Pan
-5
71
68
139
T24
Patton Kizzire
-5
69
70
139
T24
Aaron Baddeley
-5
71
68
139
T24
Austin Cook
-5
68
71
139
T24
Austin Smotherman
-5
70
69
139
T24
Sahith Theegala
-5
69
70
139
T24
Taylor Pendrith
-5
71
68
139
T24
Talor Gooch
-5
69
70
139
T24
Max Homa
-5
67
72
139
T24
Phil Mickelson
-5
70
69
139
T24
Kevin Tway
-5
70
69
139
T24
Wyndham Clark
-5
68
71
139
T24
Scott Gutschewski
-5
69
70
139
T38
Sam Ryder
-4
69
71
140
T38
Cameron Percy
-4
71
69
140
T38
Charley Hoffman
-4
69
71
140
T38
Marc Leishman
-4
69
71
140
T38
Ryan Armour
-4
72
68
140
T38
Joseph Bramlett
-4
70
70
140
T38
Greyson Sigg
-4
68
72
140
T38
Chez Reavie
-4
65
75
140
T38
Chase Seiffert
-4
73
67
140
T38
Adam Svensson
-4
70
70
140
T38
Dylan Wu
-4
70
70
140
T49
Brendan Steele
-3
70
71
141
T49
Jim Herman
-3
70
71
141
T49
Nick Taylor
-3
70
71
141
T49
Adam Schenk
-3
68
73
141
T49
Matthew NeSmith
-3
73
68
141
T49
Vaughn Taylor
-3
70
71
141
T49
Michael Gligic
-3
71
70
141
T49
Quade Cummins
-3
72
69
141
T49
Andrew Putnam
-3
72
69
141
T49
Sean O’Hair
-3
69
72
141
T49
Michael Thompson
-3
72
69
141
T49
Webb Simpson
-3
70
71
141
T49
Brendon Todd
-3
71
70
141
T49
Lanto Griffin
-3
73
68
141
T49
Sung Kang
-3
70
71
141
T49
Peter Uihlein
-3
68
73
141
T49
Nick Watney
-3
71
70
141
T49
Luke List
-3
71
70
141
T49
Nick Hardy
-3
69
72
141
T49
Justin Suh
-3
70
71
141
T49
David Skinns
-3
70
71
141
T49
Paul Barjon
-3
70
71
141
CUT
Doc Redman
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Bo Van Pelt
-2
75
67
142
CUT
Tyler Duncan
-2
74
68
142
CUT
Charles Howell III
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Brandt Snedeker
-2
68
74
142
CUT
Trey Mullinax
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Davis Riley
-2
72
70
142
CUT
James Hahn
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Chad Ramey
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Kyle Stanley
-2
71
71
142
CUT
J.J. Spaun
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Danny Willett
-2
70
72
142
CUT
J.B. Holmes
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Adam Long
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Martin Trainer
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Aaron Rai
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Curtis Thompson
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Ryan Moore
-1
74
69
143
CUT
William McGirt
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Roger Sloan
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Bo Hoag
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Turk Pettit
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Bill Haas
-1
69
74
143
CUT
Jon Rahm
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Hank Lebioda
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Harry Higgs
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Scott Brown
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Adam Hadwin
-1
66
77
143
CUT
Lucas Herbert
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Kristoffer Ventura
-1
72
71
143
CUT
John Huh
E
71
73
144
CUT
Kelly Kraft
E
71
73
144
CUT
Seung-Yul Noh
E
72
72
144
CUT
Vincent Whaley
E
71
73
144
CUT
Andrew Novak
E
70
74
144
CUT
Hayden Buckley
E
71
73
144
CUT
Jamie Lovemark
E
69
75
144
CUT
Ben Martin
E
70
74
144
CUT
Jonathan Byrd
E
69
75
144
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
E
70
74
144
CUT
Cameron Champ
E
73
71
144
CUT
Doug Ghim
E
70
74
144
CUT
Callum Tarren
E
70
74
144
CUT
Brian Stuard
+1
77
68
145
CUT
Max McGreevy
+1
72
73
145
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
+1
75
70
145
CUT
Joshua Creel
+1
73
72
145
CUT
Brice Garnett
+1
73
72
145
CUT
Seth Reeves
+1
70
75
145
CUT
Jonas Blixt
+2
73
73
146
CUT
Alex Smalley
+2
75
71
146
CUT
Denny McCarthy
+2
72
74
146
CUT
Josh McCarthy
+2
74
72
146
CUT
Brandon Wu
+2
71
75
146
CUT
Brett Drewitt
+2
74
72
146
CUT
David Hearn
+2
72
74
146
CUT
Brandon Hagy
+2
74
72
146
CUT
Pat Perez
+2
70
76
146
CUT
Kevin Na
+2
69
77
146
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
+2
76
70
146
CUT
Tyler McCumber
+3
70
77
147
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
+3
72
75
147
CUT
Kevin Stadler
+3
74
73
147
CUT
J.T. Poston
+3
76
71
147
CUT
Hudson Swafford
+3
77
70
147
CUT
Chesson Hadley
+3
71
76
147
CUT
Chris Stroud
+3
72
75
147
CUT
Danny Lee
+3
71
76
147
CUT
Taylor Moore
+3
74
73
147
CUT
Lee Hodges
+3
73
74
147
CUT
D.J. Trahan
+4
70
78
148
CUT
Kramer Hickok
+4
74
74
148
CUT
Cameron Young
+4
75
73
148
CUT
Justin Lower
+4
69
79
148
CUT
Trevor Werbylo
+4
73
75
148
CUT
Ben Kohles
+5
74
75
149
CUT
Kevin Yu
+5
71
78
149
CUT
Kevin Chappell
+6
78
72
150
CUT
Jared Wolfe
+6
75
75
150
CUT
Sepp Straka
+7
72
79
151
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
+8
74
78
152
CUT
Michael Duncan
+9
78
75
153
CUT
Andrew Landry
+10
77
77
154
CUT
Sebastián Muñoz
+12
76
80
156
CUT
Ted Potter, Jr.
+12
74
82
156
DQ
Michael Kim
+E
72
76
148
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